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Egg-stra Math Fun

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As part of the Math/Science Club, first-graders at MWD shook-up egg cartons for a fun game that allowed them to practice adding and subtracting.

Lifestyle Art

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Fifth-graders in Stella Crawford’s social studies class at Davison Avenue have been studying the people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. To represent the environment and lifestyle of this group, the students created totem poles which served as written records and were often used as house pillars by those in the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Honoring MLK

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Please see below for a slideshow of photos from the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Friday, Jan. 12. This year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund and community leader Sheila Lake were honored with the MLK Humanitarian Award.

Snowballing for STEAM

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Second-graders in Bridget Jelovcic's class at MWD took part in a unique STEAM lesson. Using popsicle sticks, rubber bands and a spoon, students created Snowball Launchers and then tested them out by seeing who could launch a marshmallow the farthest.

Transportation Application Deadline

New York State Law requires that transportation applications be filled out and submitted to the District on or before April I, 2018 in order to be eligible for transportation for the 2018-2019 school year. Please be advised that April 1, 2018 falls on a Sunday; the district, including offices, will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 and throughout the following week of April 2 - 6, 2018. Therefore, applications dropped off to the office need to be delivered to the Malverne Administration Building no later than Thursday, March 29, 2018. We will accept applications with postmarks up to and including April I, 2018. There will be no one to accept applications in our office during the week we are closed. Please be aware that if applications are not received in a timely fashion, your transportation request will be denied.

High School Honors

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At its Jan. 9 meeting, the Board of Education honored several high school students for their exemplary work. Honored this month were National Merit-recognized students and the inaugural group that participated in Malverne High School’s Project Lead the Way program. Congratulations to all!

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Jamilia Smith is a seventh-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

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She is very active in her school community and currently serves as a student representative on the Malverne Educational Fitness Foundation Board, AAA Tutor and Community Service Club President. Jamilia also participated in our summer American Vet Dogs program and the Strength & Conditioning Program.

Building Blocks of Technology

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Davison Avenue School’s technology teacher Debra Pirro showed students how to build their own video game using Bloxels. Students had fun while learning this new skill.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam
It is with a heavy heart that we honor the passing of former Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Tolle. He served as superintendent of Malverne from 1979 to 1992 and had been inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010. The Board of Education and administration would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family. 

Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders
As part of their science lesson, second-grade students at Maurice W. Downing created pine cone bird feeders. The students created the feeders to bring home in order to make sure that the local birds are able to find food throughout the winter. This creative lesson coincided with students learning about various animals’ needs.

Upcoming MLK Celebration & Honorees Announced

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Following a long-standing tradition, all students in the Malverne School District will participate in a special celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Howard T. Herber Middle School auditorium. The event will recognize Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund and community leader Sheila Lake who will both be bestowed with the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. Performances from students from each of the district’s four schools will also be a part of the celebration.

With nearly 50 years of experience as a public school educator, Dr. Hunderfund has been Malverne’s Superintendent for the past 10 years. During his tenure, the high school was named a New York State Rewards School for the first time in history, made the National Achievement Honor Roll for Advanced Placement, was the only school in Nassau County to earn the National Policy Center’s Gold Award as a School of Opportunity, and has been ranked among The Washington Post’s Best High Schools in the U.S. for the past six years. Howard T. Herber Middle School and Davison Avenue Intermediate School have been recognized by the State of New York for “Better Outcomes” and “Best Instructional Practices”.

Under Dr. Hunderfund’s leadership, major improvements include the following: students’ academic achievement has greatly improved; all school facilities have been improved through the passage of 2 major bond issues; the district’s financial management has received the state’s highest rating and the school district has been restructured to provide a unified educational program, K-12.

With more than twenty years as an active member of Malverne’s school community, Sheila Lake started going to Parent Teacher Association meetings when she first moved to Malverne and never stopped being involved. Over the years, she served as president for each school’s PTA, as well as secretary for the Malverne Wildcats Football League. Sheila was also involved in the creation of Ladies Night Out at MWD and continuing the tradition of the Haunted House at HTH. She was also a member of the MWD Parent/Teachers Chorus. Currently, Ms. Lake serves as president of the Malverne High School PTA, secretary of the District 12 Central Council, secretary for the MHS Scholarship Committee, and treasurer of the Booster Club.

“I’ve made lifelong friends through the PTA,” she said. “The parents, the teachers and the administrators … we all work together to get these kids what they need, when they need it.” Ms. Lake’s sons Darrell Wonge, Christopher Lake II and Brandon Lake, as well as her nephew Kenneth Daniel, all graduated from Malverne. Her daughter, Alexis, will be graduating this year. “My mom is at every game,” Alexis said. “Whether I’m playing in it or not, she is there. She is always taking pictures and everyone loves her.” Ms. Lake’s husband Christopher, is always helping out, as well.

Ms. Lake and Dr. Hunderfund will be honored during the ceremony on Jan. 12. The entire community is welcomed and encouraged to attend the event.

Holiday Connections

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After completing a schoolwide fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, second graders in Mrs. Jelovcic's class at Maurice W. Downing Primary School made a personal connection with an 11-year old named Kimi. The students wrote friendly letters of encouragement to Kimi, as well as purchased items such as crafts, coloring books, lip balm and games to help lift her spirits as she undergoes her next round of chemotherapy. The students are looking forward to hearing back from their new pen-pal after she receives her care package.

Outstanding Phys-Ed Students

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Two Malverne High School students were selected as recipients of the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Students of the Year Award. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Nassau County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities. Congratulations to Jermaine Brown and Kiara Plummerfor receiving the title this year.

Board Recognition

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At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Board of Education honored its newly tenured staff, upcoming MLK Honorees and fall Scholar-Athlete teams. Congratulations to all of those who were honored last night. Scroll through for all photos from the meeting.

Creative Celebration

Creative Celebration
Students at Davison Avenue participated in NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.” Each student from Davison who participated was given a certificate from Senator Kaminsky for original poems, essays or artwork they did that reflected the Thanksgiving Day celebration. Participants included: Third-graders Andrew Innocent, Claire McGovern, and Lea Cardenas; Fourth-graders Christopher Beckett, Lorraine Akou,  Meghan Davis, Safiya Stephens and Stephen Agiamoah; and fifth-graders Chelsi Romero, Aalyah Mercado, Jamar Smith, Natalya Michel and Olivia Jenkins.

Football Honors

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Congratulations to the following student-athletes on their awards from the Nassau County Football Coaches Association.

Andrew Washington Jr. - All-County
Jovani Duran – All-County
Donovan Ishmael – All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-County

Volleyball All-Stars

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Congratulations to Alexis Lake and Nya Smalls on their awards from the Nassau County Volleyball Coaches Association at the Crest Hallow County Club. Alexis Lake was named All-Classification and Nya Smalls was named All-Conference.

Second-Grade Star

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Bryson Anderson, a second-grade student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School recently competed in the cross-country nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina. Among the seven-year-old group, Bryson placed third nationally, and 13th in the 7-8 year old category nationally. He is pictured in his championship sweatshirt and medal.

Food Drive

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Maurice W. Downing Primary School hosted a Yes We Can food drive for the Thanksgiving holiday. Members of the school’s Student Council helped publicize and coordinate the donations, which benefited local families in need.

Nothing But Nets

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Fourth-graders at Davison Avenue spent an afternoon at Nassau Coliseum for the Long Island Nets Education Day. The students watched the basketball game and cheered for the athletes along with dozens of other schools from across Long Island.

Celebrating Culture

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Davison Avenue held an all-day Multicultural Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Students and staff were encouraged to dress in a way that represents their family’s culture or country of origin and the hallways were decorated with flags of the world. Students celebrated their heritage in class by sharing stories, creating culture collages and discussing how their family celebrates holidays. The third graders were treated to a special performance by the Malverne High School Multicultural Club and the entire school ended the day with an assembly featuring musical folktale storytelling from around the world.

Get Energized

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Third- and fourth-grade students at Davison Avenue attended a special assembly called The Energized Guyz: Powered Up. Presented by The National Theatre for Children and sponsored by Long Island’s local PSEG, the free program reinforced what energy is, how it works and how we use it. The presenters used a series of comedic and education sketches, along with student participation, to discuss the important topic of energy conservation.
Saturday, January 20, 2018